Winter festival with Matt Oltman and PYC high school and middle school singers, and Pacific University Chamber Choir. On February 23 & 24, 2013, Pacific Youth Choir will continue its collaboration with noted choral conductor and clinician Matthew Oltman. Oltman will conduct an intensive 2-day workshop with PYC singers and Pacific University Choir, which will include a range of unique and new pieces, including Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb. The 5:00 concert on Sunday Feb. 24, will be the culmination of the workshop.
Says Matt, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to Portland and to work with one of the most talented, disciplined and music-loving choral organizations in America. The Pacific Youth Choruses are a shining example of what the best in choral music can be. These young singers are learning skills which will last them a lifetime: not just musical skills, but life skills. Up on stage, you see the world’s future leaders, and you can take comfort in the fact that they have developed in such a nurturing and caring environment.”
In addition to culminating the workshop, this concert will premiere a choral setting based on Lincoln's first inaugural address by Portland composer David Nelson Miller. The new setting of Lincoln's words will feature the combined high school and middle school singers of the Pacific Youth Choir as well as Pacific University's Chamber Choir, conducted by Artistic Director Mia Hall Savage.
A special bonus of the day will be an appearance by guest artist, Ida Rae Cahana, senior cantor at Temple Beth Israel and Klezmer saxophonist, Courtney Von Drehle.
Tickets $30 / $20 / $12 available online at http://bit.ly/W2Ze2D, by calling 503 780-1675 or at the door.
The Concert will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral 147 NW 19th Ave. in downtown Portland.